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Oatmeal Banana Bread

May 16, 2020

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Delicious oatmeal banana bread with oatmeal in the bread and a tasty oatmeal topping. This hearty banana bread is perfect for breakfast or a mid morning snack. 

A loaf of banana bread topped with oats.

The most popular recipe on my blog is a recipe for Oatmeal Banana Muffins. They are a really great muffin that get rave reviews. Just lately I’ve had some readers ask if they can make the recipe into a banana bread instead of muffins. 

And yes, you can make that recipe into a loaf of bread. I’ve made those muffins hundreds of times and I’ve never even thought about adding the batter to a loaf pan. Sometimes I can get a bit stuck in my ways. I adjusted my original muffin recipe, just a bit and made it into banana bread. 

You could still use my original muffin recipe for making this banana oat bread.  It makes a delicious loaf. This new recipe is slightly less dense than the original. 

Slices of banana bread arranged on a white platter.

Step by Step Directions

  1. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
  2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and vanilla
  3. Mash bananas using a fork or a potato masher
  4. Add mashed bananas to egg mixture
  5. Place egg mixture in bowl with flour mixture
  6. Stir together just until combined
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  7. Place in a greased loaf pan
  8. Top with oat crumble
  9. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50- 60 minutes

Oatmeal Crumb Topping

  1. Place oatmeal, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and oil in a bowl
  2. Mix until combined
  3. Sprinkle mixture over banana bread batter
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How to test if bread is done?

  • Cooking times vary depending on each oven
  • At 50 minutes test bread with a toothpick. Insert a toothpick in the center of the bread. Bread is done if there are just a few crumbs stuck to toothpick. Bread needs more baking time if toothpick comes out with sticky batter, bake for 5-10 minutes longer
  • Here is great tutorial on testing banana bread if you want to know more

Sliced banana bread arranged on a white plate.

Tips for making

  • Use really ripe bananas for making this bread. 
  • Mash the bananas well before adding to the mixture
  • Preheat oven before adding bread
  • Check your bread to see if it’s baked through at 50 minutes. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes if needed.
  • Allow bread to fully cool before slicing. Warm bread tends to fall apart easily.

Ingredient substitutions

  • Old Fashioned Oats – You can use one-minute or quick oats  instead
  • Canola Oil – Use vegetable oil or other light tasting oil
  • Vanilla – If you don’t have vanilla on hand, you may omit 

Ingredients needed for making banana oat bread.

How long will banana bread last?

Banana bread doesn’t last long in my house, because my kids tend to eat it up right away! However, it could last for up to three days if stored in an airtight container. Once bread has fully cooled slice bread and place in a zip top bag or container.

This bread can also be frozen. Allow bread to fully cool, slice, if desired and add to a freezer bag. Frozen banana bread is best if used within 2-3 months. 

Other great recipes using ripe bananas

Don’t forget to PIN for later!Slices of banana bread arranged on a white plate.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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A loaf of banana bread topped with oats.

Oatmeal Banana Bread

Kathy
Delicious hearty loaf of banana bread made with oats in the batter and an oatmeal topping.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Loaf
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients
  

Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil (canola)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe bananas (mashed, approximately 3 bananas )

Topping

Instructions
 

Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Lightly grease a loaf pan
  • Combine flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and vanilla
  • Mash bananas using a fork or a potato masher. Add mashed bananas to egg mixture and mix until combined.
  • Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir together just until combined
  • Place batter in a lightly greased loaf pan.

Topping

  • Combine oats, brown sugar, oil, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl
  • Sprinkle mixture over prepared banana bread batter
  • Bake bread for 50-60 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven
  • Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove bread from pan and continue cooling on a baking rack.
  • When bread has fully cooled, slice into 10 slices

Notes

Tips for making

  • Use really ripe bananas for making this bread. 
  • Mash the bananas well before adding to the mixture
  • Preheat oven before adding bread
  • Check your bread to see if it's baked through at 50 minutes. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes if needed.
  • Allow bread to fully cool before slicing. Warm bread tends to fall apart easily.

Ingredient substitutions

  • Old Fashioned Oats - You can use one-minute or quick oats  instead
  • Canola Oil - Use vegetable oil or other light tasting oil
  • Vanilla - If you don't have vanilla on hand, you may omit 

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 185mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword banana bread, Banana Oat Bread, Oatmeal Banana Bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    May 18, 2020 at 5:57 am

    5 stars
    I absolutely love quick breads, and I really love using oats in breads, too. The texture is amazing…not to mention the health benefits of the oats. But let’s be real – it’s not about the health. It’s about the delicious bread! And the combination with banana bread here sounds like it’s right up my alley. I would love a slice of this with my morning coffee tomorrow!

  • Reply
    Alex
    May 16, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    5 stars
    I am always looking for new ways to use bananas – and I love banana bread, so I am really enjoying the oatmeal too! Delicious.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2020 at 6:17 am

      Thanks, Alex! I always seem to have a few extra ripe bananas around that just need to be used up.

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